The workspace of this lighting brand is more like a chic loft
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Names: Nick Ozemba and Felicia Hung
occupations: Co-founders of In common with
How we met:
Ozemba: We met on our first day at Rhode Island School of Design. We were friends from the start, but it was when we both started the furniture program that we began to realize that our design and working styles were so similar.
What time do I start:
Ozemba: I usually do work from home at 6:30 a.m. while I make coffee and get ready for the day.
Suspended: I really get into the groove when I’m in the studio at 9am.
What time do I leave:
Ozemba: I try to leave at 6 p.m., but I continue to work when I get home.
Suspended: As a rule, I’m in the studio until 7:30 or 8 p.m. Nine times out of ten, work continues at home until I go to bed.
How I get to work:
Ozemba: Our studio is conveniently located 15 minutes walk from my apartment. I walk with my partner, whose studio is across the street, and our dog, Luca.
Suspended: I usually drive as we have an off-site warehouse that we often need to drive to during the day.
Three words that describe our space:
Ozemba: Serene, earthy, approachable.
Hooked: Warm, calming, organized.
When we moved in:
Ozemba: Fall 2020, but the studio has evolved a lot since then, as we have taken up more space in the building. Previously, the space that now houses our showroom was our production studio and offices. We quickly outgrew this setup and opened up the walls to create a dedicated showroom. Our production space and workshop is now in a 2,500 square foot space down the hall and has more than tripled in size.
The most important thing on my desk:
Ozemba: Pen, paper and water.
Most important thing in our office/studio:
Suspended: Our dogs.
What’s on the walls:
Ozemba: Tons of sconces and artwork from Charlotte Hallberg, Christina van der Merwe and Al Svoboda.
Suspended: Some mood board images, beautiful artwork and lots of shelving.
Current creative fuel:
Ozemba: Cooking, traveling and exercising are like therapy for me and help me recharge to perform at my best.
Suspended: Traveling. It was great to go again.
What I turn to when I’m stuck:
Ozemba: We have a fairly comprehensive image archive of interiors, furniture and objects. I like to dive deep into the work of another (usually deceased) artist or designer.
Suspended: When I’m in the studio, I switch to a different task and revisit it later in the day. When I work from home, I go to my garden and weed for 15 minutes.
How I stay organized:
Ozemba: We designed custom furniture to keep the studio super organized. Everything has a home. In the production space, it organizes everything we need to get the fixture out, from hardware components to ceramic shades to packaging materials. In the showroom, our sideboard houses fixed, finished samples, catalogs and various lamps assembled for appointments.
Suspended: Many quality computer programs and spreadsheets.
Ozemba: Pilot Juice Up 03.
Suspended: Hi-Tec-C Coleto. I like a multicolored pen.
Ozemba: I’ll use whatever comes to hand. I often doodle on envelopes and scraps when I can’t find a pad of paper.
Suspended: A soft-bound sketchbook that can be folded in half. I’m always trying something different and looking for the perfect one, and right now I’m loving this one from Japanese brand Stalogy.
Work bag that I carry every day:
Ozemba: A random tote. It changes every day.
The technology I can’t live without:
Ozemba: Unfortunately, my iPhone, which I affectionately call my Game Boy.
Suspended: The cloud. It makes teamwork so easy.
Office chair I could (and do) spend hours in:
Suspended: Office chair by Ico Parisi for MiM.
Conference table around which we meet:
Ozemba: We typically meet in the showroom in the living room, but we also have impromptu meetings in the production room or at our custom office table.
How I fight the 3 p.m. crisis:
Ozemba: My batteries go down at 10 p.m.
Suspended: It’s usually when I’m at my peak.
Coffee machine on which we operate:
Ozemba: Stagg pour-over coffee maker set.
Ideal office snack:
Ozemba: Love a candy.
The biggest splurge that was worth it:
Ozemba: We bought a ’70s German terry sofa on a whim, but it anchors the showroom and is by far one of our favorite pieces we’ve collected.
Ozemba: ‘Disco from the 70s and 80s.
Suspended: In fact, I like to work in silence, but that doesn’t happen too often.
The things we can’t work without